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    IPFD and DogWellNet.com are continually building our Pedigreed Breeds Database, from which we link to all sorts of breed-specific information.  See more of our breed resources at the end (below).

    In this article, we take a look at some excellent resources for breeds and breed health available from IPFD and our Partner organizations, including: The American Kennel Club, Agria Animal InsuranceFinnish Kennel ClubGerman Kennel ClubIrish Kennel ClubThe Kennel ClubSwedish Kennel Club, and The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

    Keep scrolling through this article (below) to see an overview of their resources (the layout/content of these sites is subject to change without notice).


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    Agria Animal Insurance





    The Agria Djurförsäkring (Agria Animal Insurance) Agria Dog Breed Profiles provide comprehensive statistics on health and disease in dogs, based on 200,000 Swedish dogs each year between 1995 and 2002. Data is organized by year, by age, by gender, survival statistics and more for each breed - and for all breeds combined.



    American Kennel Club





        The American Kennel Club offers an extensive database of all American Kennel Club dog breeds.






    56bbc6b7bfb9c_AKCscreen1.jpg.e0801e3811cYou can select a letter of the alphabet to view a preview of all AKC-recognized breeds beginning with that letter. Click on a breed to view an extensive collection of breed resources, which include:


    • A brief overview including tiles for Group, History, Colors & Markings56bbc7e81d225_AKCscreen2.jpg.885e7cba4d7


    By clicking on the orange LEARN MORE button, you can view a page that expands on these topics and provides additional breed information. If you scroll down the page instead, you will find breed information organized under the following headings:


    • At a Glance
    • Energy & Size
    • AKC Dog Ranking
    • Personality
    • National Breed Club
    • The Breed Standard
    • Interactive breed graphic – click on numbers for details
    • Care
    • Nutrition & Feeding
    • Coat & Grooming
    • Exercise
    • Health
    • Clubs & Events
    • National Breed Club
    • Local Clubs
    • Meetups
    • Video
    • Breed Community
    • Similar Breeds




    Finnish Kennel Club






    Suomen Kennelliitto (Finnish Kennel Club, in English) has an extensive collection of breed-specific information in its Dog Breeds Database, KoiraNet.









    You can select a breed from the database in two ways:


    1. Use the drop-down menus to select FCI Group and Breed

    2. Type the breed name into the Quick Search box; there are options for “Advanced Search” and “Search Finnish Dogs Only” to help refine your search.



    Once you select a breed, information is presented in the two sections outlined below.



    In the blue box, you can click on breed-specific links to the following:

    • Latest: Litters, Trials, Results, Shows, Health, Champions, Imports
    • Statistics: Result Statistics, Show Statistics, Health Statistics, Breeding Statistics
    • Other Breed Related: Breeders, Listings, Event Search, Settings
    • General: Kennel Names, Registrations


    Under Information on the Breed, you will find the following information:

    • Breed
    • Latest Litter
    • Latest Result
    • Latest Show
    • Total Number of Registrations
    • Registrations 2014
    • Breed Standard
    • Breeding Strategy of the Breed
    • Breed Association
    • Puppy Referral of the Breed



    German Kennel Club




    VDH - Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (German Kennel Club in English) – offers an excellent collection of breed profiles.






    VDH’s “Rasselexikon” (“Breedopedia” in English) provides detailed descriptions and other useful resources for 343 dog breeds.


    The information is displayed in German by default, but your browser (Google Chrome or Internet Explorer) should be able to translate the text to English by right-clicking on the page and selecting the translation option from the menu.


     Translate_to_English_Chrome.thumb.png.6aFirefox users can find a handy translation add-on available here.




    The Breedopedia is easy to navigate. You can browse by page, type in a breed name, search by the first letter of the breed name (in German), or use a drop-down menu on the page for each letter to quickly locate the desired breed (instead of scrolling down the page or through multiple pages of results). 


    When you select a breed, you find several tabs at the top of the profile – or buttons to the right (depending on the page you’re on) – including:



    • Country of Origin; Standard Number; Height; Weight; Use; FCI Group, etc.
    • Description - General Appearance/Behaviour (based on FCI description); History
    • Coat
    • Breed images and video clips (video available for some breeds)
    • FCI Breed Standard:
    • PDF file of FCI Breed Standard (where applicable)


    Clubs & Breeder:

    • Lists of associations, breed clubs and breeders for the selected breed


    Breeders with Puppies:

    • List of breeders with puppies available




    Irish Kennel Club




    Breed Profiles

    The Irish Kennel Club's Breeds section area features a large collection of detailed profiles for dog breeds recognized by the IKC.











    The main Breeds page allows you to select breeds by name from an alphabetical list; you can also select a letter to narrow your search to breeds beginning with that letter. There is also a link to a searchable database of Irish breed clubs on the page.





    Each breed profile features an image of the breed and information organized under the following headings:


    • Breed Group
    • Vulnerable Native Breed
    • Size
    • How Much Exercise?
    • Length of Coat
    • How much Grooming?
    • Supposedly Sheds?


    You can click on the More Information About This Breed heading to reveal additional headings (click on each heading in the section to view details):


    • Origin
    • Date of Publication of the Official Valid Standard
    • Utilisation
    • F.C.I. Classification
    • General Appearance
    • Important Proportions
    • Behaviour/Temperament
    • Head
    • Neck
    • Body
    • Tail
    • Limbs
    • Gait/Movement
    • Coat
    • Size
    • Faults
    • Disqualifying Faults
    • N.B.



    Native Irish Breeds

    The IKC website also features profiles for the nine native Irish dogs all in one place in its Native Breeds of Ireland section.



    The Kennel Club



    The Kennel Club’s Breed Information Centre is a comprehensive resource that includes all recommended health tests, breed club contacts, Kennel Club Assured Breeders, breed standards and breed rescues for each of the breeds in their database.









    On the main page, you can use the search box to locate information on a specific breed, or you can select the breed in the Full Breed List section further down the page. You can also Browse by Breed Group using the links in the menu to the right

    Once you select a breed, you are taken to a Description page that has a general description of the breed, plus several tabs below the page title with information for Puppy Seekers, Breeders and Vets.







    On the right side of the page, you will find the Breed Group and links to breed-specific information organized under the following headings:



    • Links to Health Information; Breeding Restrictions; Assured Breeders; Breed Standard; Accepted Registration Colours; Pictures; and Breed Watch (points of concern identified for special attention by judges).



    • Information Pack; Find A Puppy; Find A Rescue Dog; Find A Dog Club



    Swedish Kennel Club



    The Swedish Kennel Club's Breeds section features profiles of all breeds found in Sweden and registered in the Swedish Kennel Club.







    The information is displayed in Swedish by default, but your browser (Google Chrome or Internet Explorer) should be able to translate the text to English by right-clicking on the page and selecting the translation option from the menu.

     Translate_to_English_Chrome.thumb.png.6aFirefox users can find a handy translation add-on available here.

    The database is searchable by drop-down menus for Group, Alphabetic Order (names in Swedish), and by Swedish Breeds. You can also select a group by clicking on one of the breed illustrations/titles on the page.



    Each breed profile includes a breed illustration and information organized under the following headings:


    • History
    • Application Area
    • Health
    • Properties/Mentality
    • Size and Appearance
    • Grooming
    • Other



    Links to other breed-specific pages and documents, such as breed standards and RAS documents are also provided.



    The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)


    ofa_sticker_200.thumb.gif.edf4a8bf52416fOFA is a source for information on breed's and individual dog's health.

    Their mission is to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease. The OFA is guided by specific objectives: to collate and disseminate information concerning orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals; to advise, encourage and establish control programs to lower the incidence of orthopedic and genetic diseases; to encourage and finance research in orthopedic and genetic disease in animals; to receive funds and make grants to carry out these objectives.


    The health data and disease informational articles available on OFA's website may be utilized by cynological organizations and kennel clubs to enhance understanding of purebred breed's health statuses over time thereby allowing for effective development, design and execution of educational programs which help define best practices for keeping and breeding dogs. Further OFA's website serves as a research aid to the public and dog breeders who are concerned with making well informed purchase and breeding decisions. pawprint15x15transparent.thumb.png.1b0ce


    Services provided, which were initially  focused on conducting orthopedic evaluations (Hips), have grown to include coverage of Non-DNA and DNA tests for other diseases and conditions. Scope|Databases: The OFA's voluntary databases serve all breeds of dogs; for further explanation of the scope of OFA operations and data see: http://www.offa.org/pdf/monograph_2012_web.pdf.

    OFA's databases are searchable by breed: See: http://www.offa.org/stats.html

    Also see the advanced search http://www.offa.org/search.html?btnSearch=Advanced+Search.



    Screening: If you would like to learn which genetic diseases and/or conditions a breed should be screened for see:

    Please note, "all dogs that have had an OFA screening test with normal results since 1974 are in the searchable online database. Dogs with abnormal results are in the searchable online database if the owner authorized disclosure. If a dog is not listed in the database, it is fair to assume that the dog has not been screened for genetic disease by the OFA, or had abnormal results."


    The OFA's Breeders Guide provides suggestions for developing a sound strategy for managing a breeding program focused of minimizing heritable diseases/health conditions which can impact the length and quality of dog's lives: See: http://www.offa.org/pdf/hovanart.pdf


    OFA Health Surveys data is available for participating breeds: http://www.offa.org/surveys/index.html


    Affiliations: The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, <http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/> is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). CHIC, working with participating AKC parent clubs, provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds.



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    Breed Names/Registry Info - Multiple Languages

    Click here to download a handy file with breed names from various languages and registries (including English, Swedish, German, French and Spanish; FCI names).









    DogWellNet Pedigreed Dogs Database

    Be sure to visit our Pedigreed Breeds Database for breed-by-breed presentation of in-depth information being compiled from a broad variety of sources









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